In case there's any question, #FreeBritney. If you don’t know by now, Jamie Spears is the worst dad ever. Father to the [no introductory adjective will do justice] Britney Spears, his position as her relative feels like a misnomer. What is the familial term for “enabler of egregious injustice to one’s own daughter?” Though this description falls short of encompassing his terribleness, we are not here to talk about Jamie Spears. We are here to talk about some of the unsettling things Britney Spears revealed in her… Read more
Singer-songwriter Gavin Turek is not only magical, but a woman with integrity and heart. Turek made strides with her mini-album, You’re Invited, back in 2015 and took the world by storm with her 2017 EP, Good Look For You. Making her graceful return to music with her newest single “Illusions," Turek wants to make one thing clear to her listeners: with resilience, comes great rewards. I had the pleasure of getting to know Turek as we discussed “Illusions," her upcoming album Madame Gold, and more. What was the creative… Read more
On Saturday, Sha’Carri Richardson was named the fastest woman in America. The 21-year-old hailing from South Dallas burned up the track with her fiery orange hair and as she completed the 100-meter dash in 10.86 seconds. Thirty meters before the finish line, Richardson pointed at the clock, knowing what she was about to accomplish. After completing the race, she went to the stands and straight into her grandmother’s embrace. In an interview with NBC immediately after her race, Richardson revealed that her biological… Read more
Five seconds into episode one of the iCarly reboot, Spencer is naked. A good start, in my opinion. Ten seconds in, and I’m getting all of the rushes of dopamine that come with reliving the best part of your childhood. Fifteen seconds in, and I’m worried. The pacing is off, the dialogue seems forced, and although I’m still watching the characters I used to know and love, they seem… out of practice. It didn’t feel like the reboot of a show that ran for five years; it felt like a dress rehearsal for a highschool play.… Read more
Swedish singer-songwriter Skott is a tricky popstar to categorize. Since her debut single "Porcelain" (2016), she has been praised for her genre-defying sound, and in sitting down to speak with her, the reasons for this become clear—there is no hint of anything contrived about her as an artist; she seems, instead, to be guided by an intuition that translates into self-contained musical gems with their own unique identity. Her discography possesses an almost synaesthetic quality: she uses every resource at her disposal,… Read more
Grisly thriller False Positive explores the ultimate body horror premise: women and people able to give birth are forced to do so to benefit the patriarchy. Produced, co-written by, and starring Ilana Glazer, the movie is definitely a departure from what Broad City fans have come to expect from the feminist comedy mainstay. But a ribbon of dark humor runs through this ambitious, gory horror flick. Glazer’s meek heroine Lucy is like a docile, feminine vessel waiting to be filled with an embryo implanted via IVF by her… Read more
Break out your heavy black eyeliner and plastic bracelets. “Sk8r Boi,” the 2002 pop-punk anthem, is once again making a splash—this time, on TikTok. On June 21st, Avril Lavigne made her iconic TikTok debut, posting a 30-second video of herself on the top of a halfpipe, lip syncing to her hit “Sk8r Boi,” while wearing her iconic black tank and cargo shorts, complete with a loose striped tie. The video takes a twist, however, when the camera zooms in on Lavigne, then zooms out to show none other than former sk8r boi,… Read more
Texas Governor Greg Abbott vetoed a bill aimed at requiring schools to educate kids about dating violence prevention; this education would occur once in middle school and twice in high school. As reported by San Antonio Express-News, the “Christine Blubaugh Act” was named after a 16-year old girl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2000. The bipartisan bill would have given students the education they need to see the warning signs of dating violence and how to handle it. Abbott attempted to justify his veto by… Read more
BREAKING NEWS: Victoria’s Secret no longer caters to misogynists’ wet dreams! A brand specializing in women’s underwear is finally starting to listen to women and cater to what they actually want for once, ignoring the ever-present and demanding male gaze. Predictably, men are losing their shit. Victoria’s Secret has been notoriously stubborn in clinging onto their size-exclusive, transphobic fantasy world of predominantly white, 6-foot-tall, size zero, Amazonian Greek goddesses. The brand showed off its idea of the… Read more
Cicely Tyson was a brilliant star of stage and screen whose dignified demeanor leant itself to roles with real gravitas over a career spanning more than 70 years. Think you know what made Cicely so noteworthy? Then take the quiz! Cicely was born on December 19, 1924, in ________. a. Harlem, New Yorkb. Bridgetown, Barbadosc. Detroit, MId. San Juan, Puerto Rico Cicely’s breakout role was in this 1972 film, a performance that got her nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. a. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittmanb.… Read more
There’s a photo of Dame Zandra Rhodes taken during the 2000s in her London “rainbow penthouse” in which she’s riding her pink exercise bicycle, decked out in an all-pink jumpsuit, with her fuchsia hair tied back in a low ponytail. It’s an image burned deep into my memory, serving as inspiration any time I need to be reminded to stay true to myself. Rhodes has always been loyal to her creative vision. The British fashion and textile designer was making hand-painted silk tops, rhinestone-adorned caftans, and brightly… Read more
June 22 is Octavia E. Butler’s birthday! Butler was a renowned Black author who wrote groundbreaking science fiction, Afro-futurist, and feminist books. She received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her work, among many other notable recognitions and accolades. She was the author of several best-selling, award-winning novels, including Kindred (1979), Parable of the Sower (1993), and Fledgling (2005). Butler passed away at the age of 58 in 2006; she would’ve been 76 years old today. In… Read more
Women on social media are outraged after a leaked draft of the World Health Organization’s, WHO, Global Alcohol Action Plan for 2022-2030 discussed the importance of “prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age,” as reported by Newsweek. Preventing pregnant women from drinking is reasonable given the damaging effects of fetal alcohol syndrome, but preventing the majority of women from drinking because they are simply able to have children at some from the age of 14 (or so) to the age of 54… Read more
Feminism is facing a huge backlash in South Korea, and it’s all thanks to itty bitty male masculinity. The pinching hand emoji, often used to mock penis size, was used by Megalia — a South Korean radical feminist group, now since disbanded — as their logo, and has become the battleground for the latest backlash to the #MeToo movement. Worldwide, men — particularly young men — are accusing feminists of man-hating behavior that unfairly vilifies and disparages men, causing anti-feminist resentment and often, retaliation.… Read more
Pornhub, the popular porn website, is facing major deserved backlash today as 34 women came forward with a lawsuit stating that videos of them were posted without their consent. And, as over half of the survivors involved in the case were minors at the time, Pornhub is being accused of violating sex trafficking laws and distributing child pornography. Many of the women have also said that their videos were the products of abuse and rape and the distress that this has had on them is irreparable. According to NBC News,… Read more
The queer Persian pop princess we’ve all been waiting for has been solidifying herself as our latest obsession. Gia Woods is ridiculously talented, undeniably sexy, and sooooo gay. With hypnotizing vocals and a nostalgic hyper-pop sound, she’s going to be at the top of all of our post-pandemic going out playlists. Originally debuting (and coming out of the closet) in 2015 with her song “Only A Girl,” she is by no means new to the music scene, but certainly staying exciting and innovative as an artist. Since then, she… Read more
There are 4 elements of the tarot: Fire (wands), air (swords), earth (pentacles, or coins), and water (cups). Each element is lauded over by a King and Queen, who represent the most righteous form, the pinnacle, of each element’s power. Kings are great and all, but yawn, patriarchy. The Queens of the tarot channel feminine energy and are known for approaching problems with intuition and inner strength, rather than the blunt force of the Kings. In this new series, we feature one Tarot Kween each week with a… Read more
It turns out that many non-white and Indigenous cultures have historically been pretty progressive when it comes to sexual and social behaviors that strayed from the binary. In fact, many of these cultures didn’t have a strict binary to begin with! It wasn’t until European colonizers arrived that the queer, Indigenous traditions began to be replaced with things deemed appropriate by their conquerors, such as Christianity, slavery, and golf. Here are three fantastically queer cultural practices from around the globe… Read more
“We Are Lady Parts,” written and directed by Nida Manzoor, is a hilarious British TV show about an all-girl, Muslim punk band. It’s fronted and supported by a cast of sexy as hell people of color of various genders, skin tones, and ways of presenting themselves, and if you don’t fall in love with every character in this show you’re insane (or incredibly picky which is fine too). And while this is technically a review of the show, it’s also me fangirling all over it to convince you that YOU MUST WATCH THIS. “We Are Lady… Read more
Singer/songwriter and Louisville-native Marzz is setting the tone with the release of her debut EP, Love Letterz. A project about self-love, healing, and the practice of vulnerability, Love Letterz comes after an array of impressive singles from Marzz, including “So Frequently," “Countless Times," and “Cleopatra." I had the pleasure of getting to know Marzz as we discussed more about her EP, her creative process, and potential future collaborations. How does it feel to know that this EP is coming out so soon? I’m… Read more
As controversial as she is celebrated, Kara Walker is a prolific artist who helped define an entire generation of Black creators. Now, her collected works on paper from 1992 through 2020 have been gathered together for a new book and exhibit—Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be. Here are a few selections from that book, along with a brief essay by curator Anita Haldemann, explaining how Walker’s drawings are a “dance of skepticism and faith” “Untitled,” 1997–1999 In the early 1990s, while she was… Read more
Jameela Jamil will star in the next Marvel series on Disney+, She-Hulk. Known for her role as Tahani Al-Jamil on the comedy series The Good Place, Jamil will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as villain Titania, a woman with superhuman strength and the main rival of She-Hulk in the comics. Tatiana Maslany, known for her role as Sarah Manning (and, well, a lot of people) on Orphan Black, will play Jennifer Warner, a lawyer who becomes She-Hulk after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner… Read more
Despite their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and comedic styles, the following six people have all shared a similar feeling with regard to comedy: that it has been a personal remedy and platform to deal with the discrimination they have experienced throughout their lives and careers. The perspectives they share on society as individuals who have been pushed into the margins has proven game-changing to the comedy scene in the last decade. And so, to celebrate Pride Month, here are six of the most talented LGBTQ… Read more
Many terrifying statistics have come out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of them being an alarming increase in suicide attempts among adolescent girls. According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control, visits to the ER as a result of suicide attempts have risen 50.6% among girls ages 12-17. In males, the number, while still serious, increased by 3.7%. "The mean weekly number of these visits was 26.2% higher during summer 2020 and 50.6% higher during winter 2021, compared with the corresponding periods in… Read more
The title for Krys Malcolm Belc’s memoir comes from the legal designation assigned to him as a nonbinary transmasculine parent. The book begins with Belc’s experience as a pregnant transmasculine person, something that broadened his sense of identity. His memoir is comprised of interconnected essays that do not always follow a linear timeline but, when pieced together, paint a picture both of Belc’s developing sense of self throughout his life and the pivotal moments that showed him that he did not fit into the rigid… Read more
June 2021 marks the eighth annual National Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions and achievements of immigrants in the United States. Despite the country's designation as a "Nation of Immigrants," immigration has always been—and in the new Biden Administration, continues to be—a controversial issue (most recently with Vice President Kamala Harris telling migrants “do not come” to the United States during a visit to Guatemala). The migrant crisis at the border is ongoing, the… Read more
Justin Halpern, co-creator and executive producer of the HBO animated DC series Harley Quinn, has inadvertently caused an uproar on social media, after revealing to Variety that DC forced him to cut a scene from season three, in which Batman gives oral sex to Catwoman, because, apparently, “heroes don’t do that.” Halpern explained their reasoning, saying, “We had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman. And DC was like, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that.’ They’re like, ‘Heroes don’t do that.’… Read more
“The men who rule the world have made a fucking mess,” sings Shirley Manson, matter-of-factly, in the opening line of No Gods No Masters—Garbage’s seventh full-length since releasing their eponymous debut in 1995—appropriately setting the tone for an album forged by the raw emotions of a band still trying to make sense of a world consumed by racism, sexism, and capitalism. This rebellious spirit is present in Manson’s refusal to sugarcoat lyrics and the sonic inclusion of unexpected synths and heavy guitars,… Read more
In the age of streamers like Hulu and Netflix, it can feel torturous to actually have to watch a show — especially one as twisty and thrilling as Freeform’s Cruel Summer — in week-by-week installments. Harley Quinn Smith, who plays one of the show’s most surprisingly divisive characters, understands the frustration. “We learned about how the show was ending as we shot each episode,” the 21-year-old tells BUST. “Everything that the audience is feeling now is what we felt like a few months ago while we were filming.”… Read more
Alicia Keys posted a video to her Instagram yesterday in which she discussed how her morning routine in front of her mirror changed her life. In the video, she reveals how every morning, she stands in front of a mirror and takes in what she sees while playing the song “I Am the Light of the Soul.” “You are supposed to look at yourself with no judgment, just acknowledge," says Keys, "and get used to seeing you.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) In another post, Keys writes a… Read more
The sophomore LP from Red Ribbon (the project of songwriter Emma Danner) sounds like how many of us are currently feeling: lost, but with a sense of wonder. Having moved from Seattle to L.A. while working on the album, Danner’s songs are noticeably more sonically informed by the new locale. The opener “Weight of Man” is reminiscent of a Neil Young piano ballad during his Laurel Canyon days, while “Renegade” shifts to a more classic-Fleetwood-Mac-with-the-windows-down kinda vibe. Whether it’s how she uses her voice, or… Read more
With Megan Thee Stallion and MARINA releasing music this week, summer is set. Here is a list of songs to add to your playlist that are guaranteed to elevate your summer. 1. "Keep It Movin’ " by Olivia O’Brien Making her name known through songs like “Josslyn” and “NOW,” Olivia O’Brien has made it very clear that nothing is off-limits when writing about her previous relationships. While her new album “Episodes: Season 1” has many anthems that can help anyone through a breakup or heartbreak, “Keep It Movin’” talks more… Read more
Australian swimmer Madeline Groves has withdrawn from the Olympic trials in Adelaide, alluding to inappropriate conduct by an as-yet-unidentified figure within the sport. Writing in a tweet that this should “be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers -- you can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them and then expect them to represent you so you can earn your annual bonus. Time’s UP” Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their… Read more
After COVID, countless scandals and many questionable decisions, many fans think The Bachelor franchise has finally run its course. According to his Instagram, Chris Harrison officially stepped down from his role as host on Tuesday after defending the racist actions of a contestant during an interview in March with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette. Rachael Kirkconnell, the contestant Harrison defended, was facing backlash for the multiple Instagram posts that resurfaced including one from an Old South… Read more

Paperboy Prince is Changing the Face of New York Politics

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Jun 11, 2021

Artist, rapper, activist, street performer, and New York City mayoral candidate Paperboy Prince is out to change the world. Employing eye-catching fashions and theatrical flair to draw attention to their platform—Medicare for all, abolishing police, cancelling rent, legalizing psychedelics—the nonbinary rapper (who uses the pronouns they/them and God/Goddess) is laser focused on getting young people into politics. “I am so fun and playful and crazy because my political messaging and the things that I’m fighting for… Read more
Adrianne Wortzel is a groundbreaking pioneer in the field of robotic art who has been making and exhibiting her futuristic pieces for over 50 years. Her amazing genre-hopping projects include films, drawings, texts, robotic and telerobotic performance productions, artist’s books, photography, and online pieces. Her writing includes articles, fiction, and scripts. And her international collaborations with other artists, scientists, and engineers made her an important resource in her years as a Professor Emeritus in… Read more
On Monday, a judge in India ruled in favor of a lesbian couple, calling for greater protection and resources for the country's LGBTQ+ community. The couple, S. Sushma and U. Seema Agarval, fled from their hometown to escape their parents' disapproval. After their parents filed a "missing person" report, the couple claimed they were subjected to invasive questioning and harassment from the police. Judge Ananad Venkatesh of the Madras High Court sided with the couple after they asserted that the police subjected them to… Read more
Historic art forms and stories are on full display at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. A new addition to the museum is an exhibit on the Jingle Dress, a traditional Native garment typically worn during ceremonies. The Jingle Dress and its dance are believed to be a source of healing for Indigenous communities. In addition, it sheds light on violent crimes committed against Native American women. For April Carmelo of Redding, a guest curator and citizen of the Greenville Rancheria, this exhibit is personal. “This… Read more
New York lawmakers passed a bill that would make it easier for trans people to change their legal gender. This includes changing their name on legal documents, such as a birth certificate and driver's license. The Gender Recognition Act (GRA) repealed the requirement that trans people had to put their name in the newspaper. In addition, 'X’ has been added to driver's licenses as an option for gender, removing the requirement that a medical provider “prove” a trans person’s gender, them reported. A trans person seeking… Read more
The personal gets political in Holler, a powerful feature debut set in writer/director Nicole Riegel’s hometown of Jackson, Ohio. Jessica Barden (The End of the Fucking World) stars as Ruth, a smart and sullen teen who starts stealing scrap metal when her older brother Blaze (Gus Halper) loses his job at the local factory. With their mom Rhonda (Pamela Adlon) in jail and detoxing, Blaze and Ruth are barely keeping the bill collectors at bay. So, when they’re invited to join the local scrap crew and even move into the… Read more
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Shannen Doherty turned to social media to speak out about Hollywood’s strict beauty standards, and to share her thoughts on embracing her natural beauty. She posted a bare-faced selfie to Instagram on Tuesday. In her caption, Doherty wrote that she was "watching movies and noticing that there were 'few female characters' she could relate to.” "You know, women without fillers, without Botox, without a facelift. Women who embraced their face and all the experience it showed," she wrote… Read more
Girls Just Wanna Have Rum Want to enjoy the kitschy glamour and delicious refreshment of Tiki cocktail culture without the gnarly colonial aftertaste? Women are leading the way, creating a tropical drink revival for a more enlightened generation The room glows amber, its walls papered with gold-leaf palm fronds. Bird calls emanate from the speakers, buoyed by the soft lilt of vibraphone. Revelers sip orchid-laden elixirs while topless, brown-skinned women, painted on backgrounds of black velvet, smile demurely from… Read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Sex and the City Reboot

By Payton Toomey  In TV  On Jun 09, 2021

2021 is all about nostalgia, with shows like Gossip Girl, iCarly, and Punky Brewster all finding ways back to our screens. It has become very clear that we love seeing what our favorite characters from way back then are up to now. One show that is set to make a highly-anticipated comeback is Sex and the City, which is set to appear on HBO's streaming platform, HBOMax. As someone who has watched the series multiple times, I could not be more excited to see what the gang is up to in this hectic time. Along with the… Read more
TV writer and former Rookie editor Danielle Henderson’s new memoir, The Ugly Cry (Out June 8 from Viking), is a testament to the fact that most childhoods cannot be distilled into pure tragedy or pure comedy. She revisits her curiosity and confusion while coming of age in the ’80s as a Black girl in a white neighborhood in upstate New York, and her recollections oscillate between the tragic (various forms of abuse), the comic (a song to accompany outdoor peeing), and the tragicomic (her grandmother’s penchant for… Read more
Japanese Breakfast goes big on Jubilee, an album featuring billowing orchestral arrangements, smooth ’80s flourishes, and lush shoegaze sounds. Michelle Zauner’s previous two albums under this moniker dealt with grief and loss, but it’s apparent from the cheerful horns on the first track that Jubilee is bold and triumphant. Japanese Breakfast has always displayed a wide range, and this is no exception: from the danceable (“Be Sweet”) to the brooding (“Sit”) to the political (“Savage Good Boy”), Jubilee contains an… Read more
Lyon, a city in France with over 500,000 people, is rolling out changes to its budget to create more equity in its urban planning specifically in the category of gender reform, according to Bloomberg. A committee is being put together to look at three different categories of the city’s budget: gender-neutral amenities of the city, areas where “gender budgeting” is already implemented, and areas for improvement. What is Gender Budgeting? Lyon is not the first to implement these reforms. Gender budgeting is a tool that… Read more

Kate Winslet Refuses to Hide Her Body in Mare of Easttown

By Gigi Michie  In TV  On Jun 08, 2021

Kate Winslet has recently spoken out about her insistence that her "bulgy bit of belly" should not be cut from a sex scene in her TV series, Mare of Easttown, despite director Craig Zobel’s suggestion to edit out any unflattering angles. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor, 45, also spoke about sending back two posters in which she felt her face had been too airbrushed: “I’m like, guys, I know how many lines I have by the side of my eye, please put them all back.” In the show, Winslet plays police… Read more
Lake Highland High School’s valedictorian, Paxon Smith, deviated from her original speech to slam the new Texas “Heartbeat Bill” during her commencement speech. Smith wanted her voice to be heard and to shed light on current issues women are facing. “I refuse to give up this platform when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights,” Smith said. "This is a war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your daughters." Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the… Read more
Insecure star, Issa Rae, will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming sequel to Into the Spiderverse. Rae, 36, will be lending her voice as Spider-Woman—aka Jessica Drew—in the sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning animated movie, accompanied by Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson are directing the sequel. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning as producers along with Amy Pascal, Avi… Read more
On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas, the court dismissed a case intended to block the previous ordinance that made the city an anti-abortion “sanctuary city,” The Texas Tribune reported. The ordinance, passed by voters in May, bans abortions in the city and allows family members of the woman to sue anyone who aids in the process of attaining an abortion. “Aiding or abetting an abortion” as stated by the ordinance on the Lubbock city website includes knowingly giving a woman transportation to the procedure,… Read more
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